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Welsh nationalist MP Jonathan Edwards is deported after being arrested on charges of sexual assault

Welsh nationalist MP Jonathan Edwards is kicked out of the party after being arrested on charges of sexual assault

  • Plaid Cymru MP Jonathan Edwards arrested for an alleged attack on Wednesday
  • Edwards, 44, from Carmarthenshire, was released on bail pending an investigation
  • The Welsh police have yet to release any further information about the allegations
  • The party confirmed that they have retired the father of two’s whip

A Member of Parliament has been arrested by the police on suspicion of sexual assault and expelled from his party until the investigation is completed.

Welsh nationalist MP Jonathan Edwards, who has represented Carmarthen East and Dinefwr since 2010, was arrested on Wednesday.

Police said a 44-year-old man from Ammanford, Carmarthenshire, was arrested Wednesday on suspicion of sexual assault. He has been released on bail and the investigation is ongoing.

Officers of the Dyfed-Powys force do not release any further information regarding the allegation.

Plaid Cymru confirmed that he had pulled back Mr. Edwards’ whip.

This means that a Member of Parliament is actually temporarily expelled from the parliamentary party and must remain independent until the whip is restored.

A Plaid Cymru statement said: “The party whip has been withdrawn pending the conclusion of a police investigation.

“Mr. Edwards has accepted this approach and is following up the police investigation completely.

“It would be inappropriate for the party to comment further at this time.”

Father of two Edwards lives with his wife Emma in Ammanford, Carmarthenshire.